Keywords: border, Criminalisation

What we plan to do - Collection of stories about deportation experiences:

In order to address concerns about policies which punish citizens who assist undocumented migrants, PICUM collects stories of people who faced criminal charges for helping undocumented migrants.

The collection of testimonies is part of the research project "Anti-Smuggling Policies and their Intersection with Humanitarian Assistance and Social Trust" which is coordinated by PICUM (Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants) and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in cooperation with Queen Mary University London (QMUL).

The focus is on testimonies from the UK, Italy, Hungary and Greece.The stories will be published and shared on the project partners’ websites and social media as well as disseminated among policymakers, PICUM members and partners, other civil society organisations and media.

The aim of the story collection is to show how policies negatively affect citizens who try to provide the most necessary help and services to migrants. The stories also aim to give a voice to those who faced charges or punishment. 

All stories will be shared with sole the purpose of advocating for migrants’ rights.

What we need:

Photos and audiovisual material:
The stories will be more telling and will have more impact if accompanied by a photo. We understand that it is highly sensitive to include images of people who are undocumented and those assisting them. 

Images that do not show an individual’s face but show them from the back or their living surroundings can also be effective and we may in case edit photos to avoid that an individual is exposed. 

In all cases, you should have the informed consent of an individual and permission of a parent in the case of children that a photo can be published, whether the person is identifiable or not, and whether they will be anonymous or not.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions or need assistance with compiling a story.

Please send any proposals for by 30 June to elisabeth(at) .


More Information:

- PICUM's Books of Solidarity, which address the criminalisation of assistance in the EU - Click here

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